2017 Nissan Leaf vs. Its Competition

2017 Nissan Leaf
Andrew Ganz Andrew Ganz Senior Editor

The Nissan Leaf is the world's most popular car—no surprise since it was the first modern all-electric vehicle offered to just about everyone with around $25,000 (after federal rebates) to buy.

Its big rival is now the Chevrolet Bolt EV—and, frankly, it's the better choice unless you're getting an especially good deal on the Leaf.

The Chevy is far more modern inside and out and it offers more than double the usable range.

Another option if you're getting a big discount is the Ford Focus Electric, which requires some major compromises but is often discounted.

The BMW i3 and Tesla Model S, meanwhile, offer different versions of upscale tailpipe emissions-free motoring, albeit at a hefty price.

And we'll throw in the slow-selling Ford C-Max since it offers a hatchback with a lot of utility much like the Leaf.

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Quick Specs
5.8
Eclipsed by the Chevrolet Bolt EV's 200-mile-plus range, the Nissan Leaf is best enjoyed with the substantial discounts dealers are eager to offer.
6.6
The BMW i3 is a technological and stylistic tour de force—yet like any technology, it's nearing its sell-by date.
7.4
The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV could become the first mainstream electric car, with a 238-mile range and a base price in the high $30,000s before incentives.
5.3
The 2017 Ford C-Max Hybrid and C-Max Energi are still pleasant all-rounders among hybrids, but they face much tougher competition this year from the Prius lineup.
6.3
The fun-to-drive 2017 Ford Focus Electric finally gets the range boost and DC fast-charging it's needed for years, but Ford's sole electric car is still only available in a few markets.
8.3
The 2017 Tesla Model S is unlike any other car on the road for several reasons—good and bad.
MSRP From     
$30,680$42,400$36,620N/AN/A$68,000
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Engine     
ElectricElectricElectricN/AN/AElectric
EPA Class     
Mid-Size CarsSubcompact CarsSmall Station WagonN/AN/ALarge Cars
Style Name     
S Hatchback60 Ah5-Door HB LTN/AN/A60 RWD *Ltd Avail*
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Front Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront wheel driveN/AN/ARear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
545N/AN/A5
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N/AN/A4N/AN/AN/A
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HatchbackHatchbackHatchbackN/AN/AHatchback
Transmission     
AutomaticAutomaticNAN/AN/AAutomatic
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